Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The Master’s degree program in Anthropology prepares students for a Ph.D. as well as for careers in the government, private sector, development, museums, and many other fields. Students may focus on cultural anthropology and bioarchaeology. Students learn how to use fieldwork methods appropriate for their plans and goals and gain a better understanding of the ethics of conducting research.

Coursework progresses from core courses in theory and methods to more advanced courses that are relevant to students’ unique interests.Coursework in related fields, like Sociology, Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and History for instance, can be used to enhance the student’s program of study. Each student is required to complete a thesis or project that centers on a particular research question or problematic. Students work closely with an advisor to develop their research and to decide upon the best methods to use.

Areas of emphasis are advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health, and bioethics; and transnationalism and globalization. Advanced graduate courses focus either on regional studies (i.e., the Middle East, Latin America, India) or special topics that build upon faculty interests and expertise. Graduates of the Anthropology MA program will be prepared to address theoretical and applied questions in health, human rights, education, policy, conflict analysis, and additional areas on national and international levels. An accelerated Master’s is available for advanced undergraduate students.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in the bachelor's program.


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